Technological investment brings positive impact to agricultural productivity
This paper is an attempt to come up with a tentative theory on agricultural productivity through time. Using quantitative exploratory data analysis technique, agriculture related data of the Philippines from 1980 to 2000 was acquired and analyzed using the cluster analysis. Result reveals that the years having the highest agricultural productivity are the most recent years in the dataset which is characterized as having relatively higher cereal yield per hectare, higher population, higher staple food consumption per capita, lesser arable area, lesser employment in agriculture relative to the total employment, relatively higher fertilizer consumption, and the use of more machines in the farm. The need to cope up with the increasing demand for food coupled with the dwindling agricultural resources through time triggers agricultural mechanization and optimum utilization of farm inputs. Agricultural productivity is, thus, demand-driven and is achieved through investment in technology to compensate losses in agricultural resources.